Daniel Arrigg Koh, a 1999 Pike School graduate, takes over today as Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh's new chief of staff. Koh most recently served as the general manager of Huffington Post Live and previously worked for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy and as an adviser to outgoing Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
Congratulations Daniel on your appointment and good luck from all of us at Pike! Daniel was also recently featured in the spring 2013 issue of The Quill. Read the article, below:
Daniel Koh ’99
“Mr. Waters is like Mayor Tom Menino,” said Daniel Koh ’99. “He’s not the kind of leader who sits in an ivory tower. He is always out of the office helping people.” The idea of dedicating oneself to helping others resonates with Koh. After graduating from Harvard Business School with an M.B.A. in 2011, Koh was Advisor to Mayor Menino for a year. “There’s a statistic out there that says Mayor Menino has met over half of the residents of Boston and I believe it,” said Koh. For two summers in college, Koh was legislative intern to the Office of Edward Kennedy. “I always want to give back to people who don’t have the same opportunities or the platform that I do,” said Koh.
Today, Koh is Chief of Staff to Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post. “I am tremendously fortunate to work with her,” said Koh. “Arianna is open-minded and not just for profit.” At the Huffington Post, Koh has the opportunity to oversee all projects, helps Huffington prioritize, offers creative ideas, and hires staff. When news reports on the job crisis became too negative last summer, Koh and his team wanted to stem growth and focus on the positive. In July 2012, they launched a new segment called “Opportunity: What Is Working.” They received over 700 examples from mayors, entrepreneurs, and local citizens all over the world who are helping create jobs. The initiative was so successful, that they launched “What Is Working: Small Businesses” in April 2013. This spring, the Huffington Post brought non-profit organizations focused on providing jobs together with donors who believe in these missions. 217 Organizations from 31 states and 110 cities applied for a space on the site. The Huffington Post, utilizing Crowdrise, an online fundraising website, raised over $1.5M for the charities from HuffPost’s 50 million unique visitors per month.
“Pike was what started it all for me,” said Koh. He attended Pike from first grade through eighth grade and matriculated to Phillips Academy. He holds a B.A. in Government and Psychology from Harvard and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. “I am grateful for the care that teachers gave me in my every day life at Pike,” said Koh. Koh still keeps in touch with Hutch, his former homeroom teacher. “The teachers there made me feel like I was the only student,” said Koh. He recalls the time and dedication that Mrs. Waters gave him as he tried to learn math, a subject that came more naturally to some of his peers. “She saw hope in me and believed in me every day,” said Koh. He remembers Mr. Waters playing soccer with the second graders on the fields at recess while carrying a pocket version of the Constitution in the breast pocket of his blazer. “My Pike education taught me what leadership is- It gave me the macro view of the long term impact of my actions,” said Koh. Recently, Koh was selected to join the NYC hub of Global Shapers, a World Economic Forum community, committed making a difference in cities and states around the world. Members are from all walks of life and are under the age of 33.